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"They're sending the squadron that defended Stonehenge? Are you sure about this?"
Erusean sailor[1]

Strider Squadron, officially the 124th Tactical Fighter Squadron,[2] and also referred to as the "Snowbirds",[3] was a unit in Osean Air Defense Force's Long Range Strategic Strike Group (LRSSG).

Throughout the Lighthouse War, Strider Squadron became renowned for its many accomplishments, most notably defending Stonehenge and bringing down Arsenal Bird Liberty. Strider's actions often decided the outcome of many battles during the war.

Strider Squadron was the player's squadron throughout the latter half of Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.

History

Return from Stonehenge

Following a reconnaissance mission to the Stonehenge ruins, Strider and Cyclops squadrons' return route changed to Yinshi Valley due to unknown factors. Shortly before entering the valley, they came under pursuit by Erusean MQ-99s, and Spare Squadron was deployed to cover their retreat. With Trigger acting as the rear guard, all Strider aircraft successfully exited the combat airspace. Following Trigger's engagement with Mister X, AWACS Bandog guided the LRSSG back to the 444th Air Base.[4]

New leadership

Following Operation Full House, Trigger, alongside his wingman Count, was transferred to the LRSSG under the request of Wiseman and was appointed the new flight lead of Strider Squadron.[2]

On August 10, 2019, aiming to weaken the Erusean Navy, the LRSSG carried out a strategic strike on the Erusean forces stationed at Snider's Top. During the operation, Strider played a key role in sinking the Njord Fleet and destroying both military platforms. Initially, Strider's original members were skeptical of Trigger's leadership, however, after witnessing his skill during the operation, they wholly accepted their new leader.[2]

Counterattack

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During Operation Dragon Breath, Strider helped protect The last remaining functional Stonehenge railgun from persistent Erusean attacks. Strider successfully defended Stonehenge, allowing it to fire and destroy Arsenal Bird Liberty. In the following operation, Operation Magic Spear, Strider alone was tasked with assisting Osean bombers in destroying Erusean IRBM silos by guiding the bombers' laser-guided munitions to their targets, since the very poor weather conditions prevented the bombers from dropping their bombs by sight. The true IRBM site turned out to be hidden underneath a dam and launched several missiles, but they were all destroyed before they could climb out of reach.

Now that the threat of long-range IRBM attacks had been abated, the following operation, Operation Werewolf was conducted, which consisted of the capturing of the Cape Rainy airport to be used as a frontline base from which to launch the invasion of Farbanti. Strider deftly infiltrated Cape Rainy airspace via a narrow canyon, which was heavily surveilled by guard towers and helicopters equipped with searchlights.

Battle for Farbanti

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The squadron later participated in Operation Giant's Step, and contributed significantly in Osea's success in capturing Farbanti. However, towards the close of the battle, Sol Squadron joined the battle and dealt heavy damage to allied forces. Trigger and the rest of Strider engage Sol Squadron, quickly shooting down Sol 2 through 5. Mister X, however, was not so easy to shoot down, and managed to shoot down Cyclops' flight lead, Wiseman, before Trigger was able to land any hits. As the engagement continued and seemed to arrive at a stalemate, the A-Sat attacks by both countries took place during Trigger's and Mihaly's dogfight, and disabled nearly all communications and data transfer capabilities across most of Usea. Unable to coordinate with their superiors, and unable to utilize the IFF and radar technology on which they all relied, Mihaly withdrew from the combat airspace, followed shortly by the LRSSG squadrons, returning to their own designated emergency landing bases.

Clandestine operations

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Ending the war

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Roster

Gallery

References

  1. "Battle for Farbanti", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Fleet Destruction, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
  3. "Lost Kingdom", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
  4. "First Contact", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
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